EDIT Sorry for the abbreviations, Didnt realise i had used them untill pointed out. Have corrected on original post to avoid confusion. Alright people, firstly have been reading the topics on this forum for days now and feel ive learned a thing or 2 from you guys, so thanks for that. Right then had a setup over the x girlfriends but left the witch recently, long story, any way shes refusing to give me the pc from the house, which is a good thing as its pushed me into buying a custom built one. Cant argue for the price too its dual core packed with ram and will run most programs i expect no problems. So im grabbing my other gear from there and looking forward to starting afresh, im currently using a DUAL DIAPHRAGM CONDENSER MICROPHONE B-2 PRO mic into a EURORACK MX2642A mixer stright into a .... wait for it..... onboard sound card. Been getting some good recordings and using some good presets on c##l edit for bumping up quality, but after reading theses forums now realise its time to move on and try some other tricks of the trades. From what ive read it seems a Pre amp is the way forward instead of the dated mixer im using, was looking at this as ive read some great reviews http://www.artproaudio.com/products.asp?type=79&cat=1&id=58 would that be the right move. Also know i have to run it into a proper sound card which doesnt limit me, any ideas for a reasonable price. Also any other tip, ideas and recommendations would be a great help. Look forward to your response. Money is tight by the way lol.